Internet connectivity to GPs in Odisha set to be completed by May
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Wednesday set the timeline for completion of high-speed internet connectivity to gram panchayats by the end of May 2021. The target was fixed at the State Level Implementation Committee meeting held here on digital mode under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra to review the progress of Bharat Net project in the State.
Official sources said ground-level activities have been put on a fast track. So far, 3,945 blocks and gram panchayats have been provided with the connectivity under Phase-I. The road map for connecting balance blocks and gram panchayats have already been rolled out under Phase-II. The Phase-II work is being executed under the collaboration of OCAC, OPTCL and Tarasoft.
This infrastructure will bring all the gram panchayats within the scope of SWAN network. Its dark fibres can also be hired by the telecom and internet service providers on a commercial basis.
Sources said the project is being implemented in two phases. In the first phase, 3,810 gram panchayats and 181 blocks have been taken up. As of now, 3,770 gram panchayats and 175 blocks have been connected. The work for connecting other 2,954 gram panchayats and 133 blocks of 12 districts has been taken up under Phase-II. Under this phase, around 20,000 km of aerial optical fibre is to be drawn against which, drawing of 13,400 km of the cable has been completed.
Out of the total 3,087 connection points ‘end to end testing’ have successfully been conducted in 1,630 points.
A decision was taken to provide broadband connectivity access to all Government offices including schools, medicals, banks and common service centres. The telemedicine centres and agriculture kiosks would be connected for facilitating healthcare, e-learning and profitable agri-commerce.